Marshawn Lynch had been training just in case Seahawks needed him

No matter how it turns out Sunday night, the Marshawn Lynch story is fantastic. A legend with the Seattle Seahawks is returning for one final (?) run with his former team, in an NFC West championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The most unusual part of the story is that Lynch knew the Seahawks would ask him to come back, well before the team did.

Lynch visited the Seahawks facility a couple weeks ago and then started working out, figuring that maybe his old team would need him.

Marshawn Lynch was training

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero detailed Lynch’s workouts with his coach, Tareq Azim, in San Francisco. He had 16 sessions over eight days. That came after Lynch visited the Seahawks — he was said to be catching up with old teammates — and he sensed the team might need him.

A lot of the workouts seemed to be Azim beating the stuffing out of Lynch with boxing gloves or power bags. Pelissero said it was to get Lynch ready for the physical aspect of playing in the NFL again.

“The one thing I can tell you is you can be 100 percent certain that he's well aware of what his body can and can't do,” Azim told Pelissero. “He's made a choice to contribute to a team and a city that's given him a lot.”

Lynch signing with the Seahawks perhaps wasn’t as unexpected to him as it was to nearly everyone else. And maybe he is in good enough shape to give the Seahawks more than just a token few carries.

Lynch making a nice salary for one week

Lynch visited the Seahawks facility after Rashaad Penny tore his ACL, and the team didn’t make a big deal about it even though Pelissero pointed out that it had to be reported to the league office because Lynch is a free agent. But that clearly put the wheels in motion.

Lynch coming out of what appeared to be his second retirement will be worth his time. He will make $60,588 in salary this week and a playoff share, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Seahawks have already clinched a playoff spot.

This story seems too good to be true. And it might get even better on Sunday night.

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INGLEWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: NFL player Marshawn Lynch attends The Ultimate Fan Experience, Call Of Duty XP 2016 presented by Activision at The Forum on September 2, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Activision)
Nov 15, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Arizona defeated Seattle, 39-32. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04: Former Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch speaks to players during a game against the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field on December 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wears a mask during warm-ups befire the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona, February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Jan 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch with reporters during the Seattle Seahawks press conference at Arizona Grand. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch stands on sideline at their NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football practice in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 30, 2014. The Seahawks will play against the Denver Broncos on February 2. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (C) walks off the field at the MetLife Stadium during their NFL Super Bowl XLVIII walk- through in East Rutherford, New Jersey February 1, 2014. The Seahawks will play against the Denver Broncos in the game on February 2. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch keeps a low profile during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey January 28, 2014. The Seahawks will go to the gridiron for their Super Bowl showdown against the Denver Broncos on February 2. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) lands in the end zone to score a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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